A Prophet

A Prophet

A Prophet

Critically acclaimed French crime-drama, A Prophet details the prison career of Malik el Djebena (Tahar Rahim), a 19-year-old man of North African origin who learns the ropes of the Cosican mob and becomes a criminal kingpin from within prison walls.

Winner of the Best Foreign Film BAFTA 2010, and nominated for Best Foreign Film Oscar at the 2010 Academy Awards.

BAFTA winner for Best Foreign Film, 2010.
2009Rating: MA15+, Strong violence, sex scenes and coarse language157 minsFrance, ItalyFrench, Arabic and Corsican
CrimeDramaWorld Cinema

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Flicks

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Like Goodfellas without the visual fizz, or Scarface played straight, this is, quite simply, one of the greatest prison films ever made. An unforgettable early sequence sees Malik concealing a razor blade in his mouth. Throughout Audiard’s tough, tense, and immersive opus you’ll know exactly how he feels.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

One of those rare films in which the moral stakes are as insistent and thought through as the aesthetic choices.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The best performance in the film is by Arestrup as Cesar. You may remember him from Audiard's "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" (2005), where he played a seedy but confident father who psychically overshadows his son.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

To borrow a marketing phrase from another, very different film, A Prophet really is the movie that reminds you why you love the movies. Especially movies like this one.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

What's most immediately remarkable about the film is the raw intensity of its hyper-realistic encounters, hugely enhanced by the superb acting of newcomer Rahim.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A modern French crime epic where the smudges and crossings out do not diminish the passages of great dreamlike power.

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

A searing and stunning look at life behind bars.

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